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About Petronillus

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    Cool Cruiser

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  • Location
    Glen Ellyn, Illinois
  • Interests
    social (non-competitive) ballroom dancing, mystery novels
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America Line
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    St. Petersburg, Russia

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  1. I'm having a tough time right now with the "Re-Opening" guidelines. Here we have the risen Lord Jesus breathing on the apostles and thereby filling them with the new life and power of the Spirit, and yet we're supposed to see ourselves as emitting this noxious vapor cloud we have to protect each other from!
  2. AOSUSA has to schedule and vet the chaplains. That requires a long lead time. I'd say it's a reputable and reliable source. On the other hand, we can all hope and pray for a miracle cure and/or vaccine popping up and running all the bureaucratic trap-lines in the next few months. . . . Anyone want to sell me a lakefront vacation home in Louisiana, sight unseen?
  3. We were on her in Sept 2019 (Baltic Sea r/t Amsterdam). Of all the HAL ships we've sailed the Rotterdam was the most "tired," like it had been used hard and housekeeping couldn't keep up. P.S. Is it true that the Rotterdam and the Oosterdam will both be retired at the same time, to be replaced by the new ms Roosterdam?
  4. I'm not an insurance expert by any means, but I did wonder about where the "insurable interest" would be found. Even though I got confirmation (and we all know the old adage about oral agreements not being worth the paper they're not written on) from the Travel Guard rep that it was up and up, it just felt fishy to me. Thanks for chiming in! This is just the kind of expertise/experience that makes me marvel at CruiseCritic. Thanks for sharing the insight. It's a great tip.
  5. It should be a very good choice. Because of its location just aft of the midships bulge, you have an exceptionally spacious balcony. And it's on the portside, which I've always favored. That shouldn't make any difference on the east-west axis both coming and going but it appears that the ship circles the islands in a counterclockwise direction, which gives a decided advantage to the port side. The only drawback I can foresee, and it's a tiny one, is that looking down from your verandah, you'll have a lifeboat blocking your view to the left on the deck right below. Enjoy!
  6. That's the funny thing with insurance, isn't it? You don't know how good a product you've bought until the time comes to make a claim. One of our traveling companions had to be medevacced (sp?) a few years ago, and Travel Guard's performance was well beyond satisfactory. Experiences like that, coupled with the word of mouth, makes for huge customer loyalty.
  7. Thanks to all who have responded. Things I know only compliments of y'all: 1. The limited scope of HAL's "protection plans." The "standard" coverage has no medical insurance component. The platinum level does include medical coverage and medical-evacuation coverage but the coverage limits are relatively paltry: $10,000 in the case of medical and $50,000 in the case of evacuation. And nothing indicates that I get to designate the medical facility I am ultimately transported to. Perhaps since this is a Hawaii cruise (with only a single, nugatory stop at Ensenada, Mexico to satisfy the Jones Act), it probably is a safe bet, but don't we (in large part) buy insurance for the sake of peace of mind? 2. That travel policies can be obtained in stair-step fashion. I'll have to give Travel Guard a second call. 3. That in the event of a cancellation, some insurers permit the customer to transfer their coverage to a rebooking or other future cruise. Again, a question for Travel Guard.
  8. Up to now I've always booked our travel insurance with Travel Guard (principally because it's primary insurance). I've also always paid the upcharge for the rider that allows me, in the event of a medical evacuation, to designate the facility to which I'm ultimately admitted for hospitalization. Because I'm old but not yet doddering, I've also taken care to get the rider that sweeps in preexisting conditions. That rider, however, is contingent on buying the insurance within 15 days of the initial payment to the carrier (i.e., HAL in this case). DW & I are about to avail ourselves of the "Have It All" promotion by booking the Koningsdam 18-day Circle Hawaii cruise in February 2021. The deposit for the two of us is a piddling $600, well less than 10% of the cruise fare, and our PCC assures us that we can cancel without penalty up to 90 days before the sail date. The delightful Travel Guard agent who fielded my call, however, confirmed that our insurance premium (roughly $800 or so) would be nonrefundable. That leaves me looking for an alternative. Before getting our PCC's take, I'd like to hear from this august band of experts. I'm assuming that HAL's in-house travel protection also offers a preexisting-condition waiver and the extra-charge coverage I mentioned above. Is that assumption correct? And, more to the point, if we cancel the cruise, or if HAL cancels for that matter, will we get our insurance premium back? This forum is a bottomless well of useful guidance, for which DW & I are profoundly grateful. P.S. Two of the aspects of FlightEase I appreciate are that payment is not due until final payment on the cruise and that HAL permits us to cancel without penalty up until final payment. I've also observed that folks who booked airfare through Flight Ease who were got stranded in this COVID-19 disaster found HAL's assistance in rebooking to be a godsend. I'm hoping it's similar in the case of HAL's travel insurance.
  9. I just love Ruth's wry perspective. I always take what she says seriously, and often she is good for a few chuckles as well. I must say that the OP's question puzzles me: it's not like the Pinnacle Grill is frequented by a bunch of rowdies. Perhaps only on biker night? (Does Harley-Davidson make scooters?)
  10. I've just had my PCC put a courtesy hold on side-by-side verandah cabins on the Koningsdam 18-day r/t San Diego Circle Hawaii cruise in February 2021. I expected to find an abundance of inventory but found that the opposite is the case -- for all the reasons discussed in this thread. I have a few days to make up my mind (and to get our dear friends who would take the neighboring cabin "on board") but I expect that the "Have It All" promotion will be the clincher. I've found that I need a warm-weather getaway in February to make the doldrums of a Chicago winter bearable.
  11. Are you live-streaming your worship services from your parish?
  12. What a beautiful memory! It gives me chills. A sunrise service from the Crow's Nest! Thanks for sharing. Your story makes me think of once when a non-Quaker attended a gathering of the Friends, he was heard to observe, "Oh, you've done away with the clergy," and the lady he was speaking with responded, "No, we've done away with the laity." As wonderful as that perspective is, . . . for myself, I am ever grateful to HAL for not eliminating the Catholic clergy; priests like Father Himself (long may his tribe increase!) offer an inestimable service to the passengers and crew (and not just the Catholic ones).
  13. In the roughest of times, what more can we hope in/for? Alleluia!
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